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  • Resistible Farce

    Daniel Auteuil again loses something in translation in Après Vous.
      Daniel Auteuil is probably France’s pre-eminent actor, but he’s never made a splash on this side of the ocean. And he probably never will; his talents are distinctly French, from his decidedly unintimidating appearance to his fascinating face,...
  • Squatter Damage

    Japanese kids learn hard survival lessons in Nobody Knows.
      Hirokazu Kore-eda wants to hurt you. The Japanese director of Maborosi and After Life explores universal themes in wandering human dramas that always seem to be on the verge of ending horribly, even when his characters are couched in placid settings such...
  • Bad Education, Sons of Provo, The Wedding Date ...

      NEW THIS WEEKInformation is correct at press time. Film release schedules are subject to change.Bad Education ***Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her) again travels down the road of unconventional sexuality, but his usual puckish humor gives way to something...
  • Hidden Treasures

    Everyone can fly in the soaring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
      The best films are often the ones we can’t categorize. We’re so used to seeing easily definable characters and situations on-screen that when a filmmaker or actor surprises us, we’re grateful, somewhat shocked and frequently very pleased....
  • Coincidental Tourist

    The director of Run Lola Run says the same things about chance-more slowly-in The Princess and the Warrior.
      Tom Tykwer is a sneaky guy. Most laborers in the filmmaking trade go to great lengths to disguise the dumb luck and implausible coincidences that propel their plots from titles to credits. They’re like the kitchen help: necessary, but embarrassing...
  • Poetic License

    Piñero portrays a bad-boy artist with pretty-boy gloss.
      Miguel Piñero was a charismatic poet, playwright and stickup artist who lived a fairly evil life and died young in New York City’s vast Puerto Rican community. You might not know anything about his work—and that might be a good thing, since...
  • Mincemeat Pie

    The subversive thrill is gone in the strained, desperate American Wedding.
      American Wedding, the second sequel in the American Pie series, is a crushing disappointment in almost every aspect: crude without poetry, mawkish without reason, and utterly detached from its wonderful pedigree. I left the theater disheartened, saddened,...
  • Southern Crossed

    Filmmaking goofs get in the way of Junebug’s great performances.
      The most memorable thing about Junebug’s baroque portrait of the Deep South isn’t the emotionally stunted family at its core, or the awkward interactions between that family and their worldly new in-law, or even the freaky racist paintings...
  • Signifying Nothing

    The Cell is gorgeous, but there’s no story inside.
      You would expect nothing less than The Cell from the feature-film debut of director Tarsem Singh. You wouldn’t expect much more, either. The film is a relentless, domineering visual carnival. Singh, the frenetic Indian visual stylist behind REM’s...
  • Surely You Joust

    A Knight’s Tale promises to secure jousting as the next endlessly-sponsored sports craze.
      Now that the craze for extreme sports and jackass stunts is near its glue-sniffing high, jousting is due for a comeback. Think about it: Two guys charging at each other with big wooden poles, trying to knock each other goofy—it’s got more...

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